Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison



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Educational Policy Studies
School of Education
235 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/262-1760
Fax: 608/262-0460

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Mission Statement

The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison contributes scholarship and teaching intended to deepen and expand understandings of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. The department’s faculty and students examine educational policies, movements,  outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies--as well as the forces shaping them--using modes of inquiry associated with an array of scholarly fields and disciplines. These include history, sociology, anthropology, political economy, philosophy, policy analysis, and international comparative education.

Department Chair

Professor ​Nancy Kendall
2​35 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/262-​1760


Check out the article showcasing EPS Graduate Annalee Good and Graduate Student Marlo Reeves!

WCER researchers shared their expertise and research in a public hearing at the state Capitol.

Click here to read the WCER article.

Take a look at EPS Graduate Student Amato Nocera's work published in the Teacher's College Record.

“More than Equivalent to a Year of College”: Hubert Harrison and Informal Education in Harlem’s New Negro Movement

Check out Bianca Baldridge's profile for the 2019 Distinguished Teachings Awards!

​Click here here to view it!

Angela Rose Black Keynote

Emotional Reparations as Racial Justice Work

​February 27 at ​Tripp Commons in memorial Union
11:30am - 1:00pm

View the flier here: Emotional Reparations as Racial Justice Work

EPS's Stacey Lee pens article for Vox with Kevin Kumashiro.

"Bias against Asian-American students is real. Affirmative action isn’t the problem."

Read the article here: (

EPS Professor Walter Stern awarded prestigious National Academy of Education 2018 Fellowship

For his project “Education for Imprisonment: School Desegregation and the Roots of Mass Incarceration in the World’s Prison Capital.”​

Read the full article on the School's four awardees here.

Congratulations to Bianca Baldridge and EPS affiliate John Diamond

​together with colleagues Erika Bullock and Kendra Alexander!

​They were one of four teams chosen in the School of Education’s Grand Challenges competition for their project “Mobilizing Youth Voices for Racial Justice”.

For more information click this link (

Michael W. Apple and the Struggle for Educational Justice: Critical Legacies and Radical Reinventions

Come celebrate the extraordinary career of EPS ​affiliate professor Mike Apple.

friday march 9, 2018

Lowell Center - Main Dining Room
610 Langdon Street
9:00am - 4:00pm

EPS Graduate Seelig wins Outstanding Dissertation Award for AERA’s Division L

(in addition to an Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Rural Sociology Special Interest Group (SIG) through AERA).

A write up of her awards and her research can be found here:

Kathryn Moeller to speak on:

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

​EPS's very own Kathryn Moeller is giving a public talk on her new book, The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival's celebration of Women's History Month! ​
03/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Central Library - Community Room 301
More information here:

Nancy Cartwright to speak at UW-Madison.

Recognized one of the most influential living philosophers, Nancy will be giving a talk on

Thursday, February 1st from 3:00-4:30 in the Wisconsin Idea Room.

(Nearly) everyone agrees that policy should be based on evidence. But evidence requires interpretation, and policymakers, and even social scientists, can misunderstand the kind of knowledge that research has produced, and how it is relevant to policy decisions. Nancy Cartwright will discuss the ways in which evidence-based policy can go wrong, with special reference to the use of Randomized Controlled Trials; and will offer advice on how to use evidence more wisely when making policy decisions in education.

Erica Turner has published a new article on diversity in schools.

Check out the School of Education article about it by clicking here!

Christine Ogren

University of Iowa​

“The Untold History of How Teachers Spent Their Summers”

Lecture and Discussion

Thursday, September 14

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building


Derek Taira, who received a joint PhD in Educational Policy Studies and History in 2017, has won the Claude A. Eggertsen Prize for the Best Dissertation from the History of Education Society (HES). Derek’s dissertation is titled "Imua Me Ka Hopo Ole – 'Forward, Without Fear': Native Hawaiians and American Schooling in Territorial Hawai'i, 1900-1941." This prestigious annual prize (including a monetary award) is given for the most outstanding dissertation in the field of history of education. Derek will be recognized for his achievement at the HES Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, in November.

See Bianca Baldridge and her work in the School of Education news!

EPS’s Bianca Baldridge is the lead author on a new paper that appears in the Review of Research in Education about community-based educational spaces.  See the article here.

Four in EPS honored ​2017 NAEd/Spencer Fellowships

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25.  Congratulations to Kathryn Moeller, Erica Turner, Upenyu Majee and Rachel Silver! Read more here.

Education Studies Bachelor of Science Approved

In February, the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents approved a new undergraduate degree program in education studies at UW-Madison.

The Bachelor of Science in Education Studies is designed to meet the needs of a growing number of undergraduate students who are interested in becoming involved in the realm of education, but not as teachers in the classroom.

For more information please visit our ​Bachelor of Science Degree website.

Please Join us !!!!!

Education Major Information Session

on Friday, May 5th
from 11 am- 12 pm,
in Education Building, rm. 298.

Come to learn about the new major and enjoy pizza!!!

EPS Alumna Receives CIES Gail P. Kelly Award

The Department of Educational Policy Studies is proud to announce that recent graduate Sussane Ress is this year's recipient of the Comparative and International Educational Society's Gail P. Kelly award. Each year the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation with the Gail P. Kelly Award. Created to honor the distinguished comparative educator Gail P. Kelly and her many contributions to the CIES, the Gail P. Kelly Award honors a doctoral dissertation that addresses social justice and equity issues in an international context.

The Award is conferred on an outstanding Ph.D. or Ed.D. dissertation that manifests academic excellence; originality; methodological, theoretical, and empirical rigor; and that deals with issues of social justice and equity in international settings. These issues may include — but are not limited to — gender, race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.

EPS Students Receive Fulbright Awards for Doctoral Research

Congratulations to EPS students Alexandra Allweiss and Teresa Speciale for each receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program.  

Alexandra Allweiss, Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction, Guatemala, Spanish/Maya-Chuj, "Indigenous Youth-Led Organizations and Re-imaginings of Education and Community."

Teresa Speciale, Educational Policy Studies, Senegal, Wolof/French, "A View from the Middle — Language Education and the 'Middle Class' in Dakar, Senegal."

Read the full article


EPS Student Honored by Association of Black Sociologists

Ashley Smith at the ABS Conference

Congratulations to EPS student Ashley Smith for winning First Place in the 2015 ABS Graduate Student Paper Award for her submission entitled "#BlackWomenMatter: The Invisible Victims of the Movement in the Wake of State Violence."  Smith's paper examines the way violence against Black women remains hidden from the center of media attention and the current 'Black Lives Matter' social movement. Smith focuses specifically on "state violence against Black women and the ways in which the greater political economy and theoretical notions of governmentality, discipline and punishment of Black bodies gives the larger structural systems of oppression a pass in its marginalization of women of color."

EPS Professors Influence White House Proposal on Community-College Accessibility

The New York Times is reporting that Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall, Professors of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, are a 'clear influence' on President Obama's plan to offer free community college to qualified students. To read more about the proposal and the role that faculty of Educational Policy Studies had in developing it, please read the full article in the New York Times.

Honors for "Testing Wars" by Professor William Reese

William Reese, Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History, has been honored for his latest book "Testing Wars in the Public School," which was recently granted the O.L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award from the American Association for Teaching & Curriculum.  This award is given out annually in recognition of scholarship that adds substantively to the body of knowledge about the practices and theories of curriculum and teaching. Reese's "Testing Wars" is also set to win the annual book prize from the History of Education Society.

Nelson elected Vice President/President Elect of the History of Education Society

Adam Nelson, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History, has been elected as the Vice President and President Elect of the History of Education Society, the leading scholarly society in its field.  As President Elect of the HES, Nelson will serve as program chair for the HES meeting scheduled for November 2015. 

‘When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools’ 


By Linn posey-maddox

Linn Posey-MaddoxAssistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies, has just released her new book titled, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools."

Sensitively navigating the pros and cons of middle-class transformation, 'When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools' asks whether it is possible for our urban public schools to have both financial security and equitable diversity. Drawing on in-depth research at an urban elementary school, Posey-Maddox examines parents’ efforts to support the school through their outreach, marketing, and volunteerism. She shows that when middle-class parents engage in urban school communities, they can bring a host of positive benefits, including new educational opportunities and greater diversity.  But their involvement can also unintentionally marginalize less-affluent parents and diminish low-income students’ access to the improving schools. In response, Posey-Maddox argues that school reform efforts, which usually equate improvement with rising test scores and increased enrollment, need to have more equity-focused policies in place to ensure that low-income families also benefit from—and participate in—school change. 

Get more information on 'When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools'  

UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Innovation Honorable Mention Award

Professor Nancy Kendall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies, has been selected to receive a UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Innovation Honorable Mention Award in recognition of her work to promote educational innovation on campus. She will be recognized for her achievement at the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium on May 19. 

Virginia Horne Henry Award

Congratulations to EPS PhD student Sidra Rind

Sidra Rind, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, has received the Virginia Horne Henry award for her research examining the experiences of female students in Balochistani girls' schools as they negotiated the competing pressures of separatist, Taliban, and state efforts to shape their schooling experiences. 

Jean Anyon Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper

Congratulations to EPS PhD student Julissa Ventura

Julissa Ventura, a Ph.D. student in the department of Educational Policy Studies, recently received The Jean Anyon Award For Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Grassroots Community and Youth Organizing SIG at AERA 2014. She received the award for her paper based upon her Master's research, entitled "Constructing Spaces of Belonging in the New Latino Diaspora: An Ethnographic Case Study of a Latino Youth Group." The selection committee was "particularly impressed by [her] work, which presents original material about Latino youth organizing in a new destination, a Midwestern city."

Save the Date

Educational Policy Studies Conference 2019

Schooling as Violence: The (Im)Possibilities of “Justice” and “Equity” in Education

Friday, March 8, 2019

in the Wisconsin Idea room
​159 Education Building

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